Monkey Knife Fight | Rubicon Brewing Company

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Monkey Knife FightMonkey Knife Fight

Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 11-19-2007

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3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undistinguished ale wanting to be an IPA.

Plain looking amber with modest head and not much carbonation in the mouth. Sprightly sharp flavors. Resiny hops in the forefront. Quite bitter but some fruit in the nose. Not very aromatic otherwise. Not interesting hops. Malt seems to sink without much trace. To me, it's too bitter to call a Pale Ale, but I don't know where the line is on the way to IPA.

Tasted in Ocean Beach (SD) at the Pizza Port. Served in a standard pint glass.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Rubicon on 7/25/09.

A - Clear golden body with half inch of creamy white head that retained well and yielded thick, sticky paper-thin lace.

S - Citrus hops suggesting grapefruit and orange rind. Actually, the aroma reminds me of orange pulp. Fresh citrus dominates the aroma, with some sweet malts joining in for good measure. Pretty one-dimensional aroma, but pleasant nonetheless.

T - Again, the fresh orange dominates the flavor with citrus hop overtones and sweet malts to balance. There is also a touch of dry hopped character, but not too obvious.

M - Light bodied with a very thin, watery texture. Kind of flat even for a cask conditioned ale. Finishes bittersweet with a dry, very faint lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - To paraphrase James Brown on crack, "I look good, I smell good..." but I don't feel good. Mouthfeel is lacking on this cask offering, and the hops could be a bit more pronounced. However, the aroma was nice and overall it was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for $5.50

Color was a light golden orange with a 3/4 inch silky white head that mellowed quickly, left small amounts of lacing for a few minutes

Smell was full of mellow hops, some lemon aromas, roasted malt, and grainy yeast

Taste was chewy and bready, extremely hoppy, and more noticeably refreshing than most beers I have had, most comparable to Firestone's Pale Ale but just a little darker appearance, no citrus taste like the smell made me think originally, nicely balanced with malts and hops, dry finish but still very smooth and highly drinkable

Average amounts of carbonation and a pretty full body, decent mouthfeel

Could have drink three or four of these as well, goes down very easy and smooth, good to drink with barbeque food, especially because it is not heavy at all, unsure about the ABV but did not seem very high

Second Rubicon brew of the night and tasted good as well, glad to see their beers starting to show up more around my neck of the woods

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Monkey Knife Fight from Rubicon Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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